Social Series Half-day Rides Sunday 19 May

Welcome to our half-day Social Series ride options for Sunday 19 May.

If you’re thinking of joining us for the first time check out some of our ride reports to read about the fun we have on our rides. Our motto is #NoOneGetsLeftBehind and we love cafe stops as much as we like cycling! You can ride with us twice before deciding whether to join the club.

We meet at the Buttercross Market Sq in the middle of Otley at 9.00 for a 9.15am start. All rides will return to the Fleece pub in Otley by about 13.00 and we hope you will stick around for a chat at the end of the ride.

Both our Gentle and Stretching rides are doable on a mountain bike, hydrid or road bike – #AnyBikeWillDo. And we welcome e-bikes on any ride.

If the rides below aren’t what you’re looking for check out our B Rides, Intermediate Rides and A Rides options on Sundays. And we have informal rides on Wednesday nights and Thursday daytimes. And that’s not all – we also have Mountain Bike rides, Mountain Goat rides (for roadies who like hills) and many more informal member-only rides posted by members on the Facebook group.

We’re always looking for ride leaders, so if you’re interested in leading one of these rides get in touch via the event on the club Facebook Group or email:

Gentle Ride: North Rigton (16 miles)

This will be an easy ride with some climbing but at a very gentle pace and plenty of stops for you to admire the great views. The route out starts on the Pool Road so you can get warmed up before the climb up to Armscliffe Cragg via Gravelly Lane before diverting off to North Rigton for Smarties at the Sq and Compass. After Armscliffe Cragg it is a very gentle climb to a road on a plateau with views of Harrogate and Otley. On the return to Otley this route usually goes up the hill to Farnley (with stops) so you can get used to climbing Otley hills, but you may also decide to go back via Pool Road, which is longer but flatter


Café: Square and Compass, North Rigton

Stretching Ride 1: Bolton Abbey (26 miles)

This option takes the flatter route to Bolton Abbey with a return through Burley in Wharfedale for variety!


Cafe: A variety of options in Bolton Abbey including Cavendish Pavilion

Stretching Ride 2: Bradford (25 miles)

This is an interesting ride to explore the new Sustrans route to the centre of Bradford and to admire the newly designed city centre. The route is surprisingly quiet and avoids main roads until almost the centre of the city. Apart from one major hill climb on the outward and return legs the ride is relatively flat. The route map is not accurate because we are following a new off road tarmac track.


Cafe: A variety to choose from in the city centre inc. the new Cake ‘Ole in the Pavilion in City Park

Strenuous Ride: Wilsden Wobbler (26 Miles) – unless someone posts a longer ride

This route takes us out of Otley towards Hawksworth and Bingley so is a great opportunity to explore roads that we do not often cycle along from Otley. There are plenty of steep hill climbs so this ride is perfect for developing your mountain goat skills both ascending and two steep descents into Bingley and on the return leg to Saltaire. The return for this is of course the fantastic views!

Route details:

Cafe stop: Lady B’s Café in St Ives (12 miles) / Stephen Smith’s Garden Centre in Wilsden  (BD16 1BL) / KraveDeli – Wilsden